Monthly Archives: May 2014

Baldwin Park & Downey Shelter Pets Urgently Need Your Help

 

Eighteen months ago while I was still an official volunteer at the Baldwin Park Shelter, I tracked all the stray dog impounded at the shelter over the span of one week.   Over that particular week only 12 percent of the strays impounded were reclaimed by their owners.  The other 88 percent were held for their mandatory hold period and put up for adoption – and thankfully Baldwin Park’s staff and volunteers worked diligently to find homes or rescues for nearly all of these pets.

Naturally I wondered the origins of the unclaimed 88 percent.  Nearly all of them must have at one time belonged to someone.    Who were these anonymous “someones”  who were littering pets on the shelter – and wouldn’t it be just if these people could be identified and had to pay fines for the burden they created on the shelter system as well as causing some pets to be euthanized?

Los Angeles County has adopted a mandatory microchip policy which, if rigorously enforced, would certainly increase the odds of finding the offending parties.    But the reality is nearly fifty percent of all microchips traced by the shelters are associated with disconnected telephone numbers and addresses from which the registered owner had departed.   It is my contention that in addition to the contact information for microchips, the registration should also include the adopter’s DMV information which is far more static.

If we can successfully lobby elected officials to pass legislation to assess significant fines against people who fail to come retrieve their pets from the shelter the number of unclaimed pets will drop exponentially.    Someone facing several thousand dollars in fine for failing to come and get their pets is going to be strongly motivated to come and get their pet, the number of strays will be greatly reduced and shelter crowding will be significantly reduced.
Such a system is already in place in Italy and other European countries and they do not have anywhere near the shelter overcrowding that we in California do.  To implement this would require strong and pragmatic leadership at the legislative level – yet another reason to elect Bobby Shriver to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on June 3rd.    Bobby Shriver will end the stagnation and poor decision making at the DACC by solving problems, rather than sweeping them under the table.

 

Baldwin Park & Downey Shelter Pets Urgently Need Your Help!

 

  Marcia Mayeda the bureaucrat running the Los Angeles County Department of Animal “Care” and Control  recently received a raise and her salary and benefits package now totals well north of $200,000. 

  

     The Baldwin Park Shelter has had no wet dog food since it’s old manager left three weeks ago.  Older dogs, nursing mothers and puppies, who urgently need this life sustaining food, have been deprived.  Out of frustration several Baldwin Park Shelter staff have asked me privately, as the administrator of the Friends of the Baldwin Park Shelter Facebook page,  to put out a plea for donations of canned food.

       Bobby Shriver is running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on a platform which includes promises to bring change to the poorly run DACC.  He has promised to remove ineffective and unresponsive management.   The election for the Board of Supervisors is on June 3rd.  Shelter animals and anyone who believes in common decency need you to cast your vote for Bobby Shriver to end the misery of shelter animals.

           

            Until then the pets go hungry and Mayeda ‘s wallet gets fat.  Due to truth in advertising laws perhaps from hereon the DACC should be known as the Department of Animal Care and Control –  at least until Bobby Shriver is elected.

 

Baldwin Park & Downey Shelter Pets Urgently Need Your Help

 

When a stray pet is impounded at a Los Angeles County shelter the city that the pet was found in must pay for the first four days of the pet’s impoundment.   In the  Baldwin Park Shelter’s service area three cities – El Monte, West Covina and Azusa do not have spay/neuter laws and these three cities,  accounting for nearly one half of the shelter’s impounds, pay the same fee as the cities which have enacted spay/neuter laws.

If the Los Angeles Department of Animal ‘Care’ and Control was really serious about reducing the number of impounded pets, and thereby both improving caring for the animals it has and  reducing euthanasia it would be lobbying the Los Angeles County government to authorize higher impound fees for these offending cities.  If the fees were significantly raised for these  communities, we are sure that spay/neuter laws would be implemented and the number of pets being killed in the shelters would be greatly reduced.

Meanwhile the loss of Baldwin Park’s effective shelter manager, Lance Hunter, has already had an adverse effect on the shelter’s pets, staff and volunteers.  For the last two months of Mr. Hunter’s tenure as Baldwin Park;s manager, the shelter was killing for space and not time – and had reduced its euthanasia rates to an all time low.   This week despite having over thirty empty kennels on May 10th, the shelter staff was being ordered to kill.  Adoptable dogs were being given deadly Marcia Mayeda cocktails and staff and volunteer morale plummeted as the number of barrels full of pet carcasses inside the shelter’s freezers soared.

Many of the pets selected to be killed are chosen because they are sick.  During a recent meeting of medical staff, senior shelter staff and volunteers it was disclosed that the medical team was not cleaning or changing the tracheal tubes used in the spay/neuter clinic between animals.  This greatly increases the spread of disease and we hope the DACC will demand better procedures from its veterinary staff.